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Strategic Planning Brainstorming Sessions 2015 - Raw Data

Between Nov 18th and Dec 2nd, the County of Annapolis hosted five Strategic Planning Brainstorming Sessions (community meetings) throughout the County inviting the public to share their thoughts on strategic priorities for Annapolis County.

If you wish to provide your thoughts and/or comments on strategic planning in Annapolis County, please feel free to email them to our Communications Coordinator.

The following is the raw data collected at each meeting.


Deep Brook Lions Hall, Deep Brook, NS (November 18th)

Annapolis Royal Regional Acamedy (ARRA), Annapolis Royal, NS (November 19th)

Bridgetown Regional High School (BRHS), Bridgetown, NS (November 24th)

Lawrencetown Royal Canadian Legion, Lawrencetown, NS (November 25th)

Middleton & Area Lions Hall, Nictaux Falls, NS (December 2nd)

Sessions Participation

Submissions


Deep Brook Lions Hall, Deep Brook 
November 18, 2015

Welcome and Introductions: Councillor Alex Morrison

Facilitator: CAO John Ferguson

Participants: Kay Whelan, Velma Keevill, Karen Smith, Doug Moore, Ross Stanley, Ross Campbell, Lynn Moar (media)

Council members: Warden Reg Ritchie, Paul MacDonald

Staff: Wanda Atwell, Cheryl Mason, Dawn Campbell, Debra Ryan, Cody Joudry, Holly Orde, Eric Melanson 

Table 1
Brainstorming 

Planning
- New council be introduced to the strategy
- Reviewed every year
- Plan for affordable barrier free senior housing
- Independent based assisted living
- Transportation
- Cell phone / internet

Business
- Healthy communities
- World Health organization WHO
- Economic plan must include environment and social
- Entice more business, more connectivity, technology
- Job Retention
- More jobs
- Opportunities for youth

Farming opportunities
- Farm market directory

Health
- Heathy population

Immigration
- Attracting and retaining
culture diversity
- Be more positive



Table 2
Brainstorming

- More people in homes-lots of vacant homes
- More Young people and families living and working here
- Jobs and incentives for youth
- More jobs overall
- Promote what we already have i.e. coastal communities, parks trails
- Promote our National Parks- we have three of them
- Create opportunities i.e. fort to fort walks
- Communications improved internet and cell coverage
- Create cultural networks-partnerships and inter connectivity
- Low cost energy i.e. heating, transportation and electricity
- Farm directory or brochure or on line search on food farm products
- Innovation incubator hub
- More kids, families and fun
- Transit promotion
- Improved group transportation
- More small farms and support to create new
- Linking coastal fish products and history to culinary opportunities and communities here in Annapolis County
- Affordable housing
- Community Commercial kitchens
- Access points to coastal and other waterways
- Heathy people- connect to services i.e. recreation
- Understand the needs of potential immigrant families
- Support services to assist seniors to stay in own homes and community - potential business opportunities.
- Want youth to stay here- ask them what they need to stay



Table 3
Brainstorming

- Healthy community
- Community and county government connections
- Economic strength equates to social vitality, environment and economic development
- Diversity, cultural, immigration
- Support for families in need i.e. mental health
- Support for physical activity continuation
- Cooperation with schools for participation in council and it's sessions
- Support for rural industries that include agriculture and fisheries ,etc.
- Food insecurity
- Capital funding input to active transportation
- New council introduced to strategic plan
- Strategic plan reviewed annually
- Need to be brave (risk takers), need to look better than others around us
- Council commitment to more financial resources
- Determinants of heath (population health) is important to big picture
- Age, income, social status, social support networks, education
- Connection between active transportation and strategic plans





Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Natural environment
- The people
- Peace



Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Adequate affordable senior housing
- Entice more business to area with proper incentives
- Job retention assistance
- Connectivity via internet and cell phone usage
- Community involvement






Strengths

- Environment
- People
- Peace
- Sense of community
- Heritage
- Sense of community
- Beauty! Natural Environment
- Open Spaces
- People
- Sunniest place in the country



Strengths

- Our people
- Diversity of people
- Knowledge which we share
- The natural beauty of our area.
- Opportunities to mingle with each other



Values - Important things that describe your community

- Happiness
- Beauty
- Health
- Harmony
- Thankfulness
- Community
- Generosity
- Recreation
Top Priorities

- Professionals and volunteer experience
- Environment 
- Welcoming culture 

S.O.A.R. spots



Annapolis Royal Regional Academy (ARRA), Annapolis Royal
November 19, 2015

Welcome: Councillor Paul MacDonald

Facilitator: John Ferguson, CAO

Participants: Helen Abel, David Brittain, Tim Harlow, Hague Vaughan, Greg Barr, Sandi Millet Campbell, J. Peter Hall, Joan Francis, Grant Slinn, Glenn Rhyno, Ian Curry, Jane Borecky, Eileen Kelleher, Grace Butland, Heather LeBlanc, Byron Mersereau; Lynn Moar (media)

Council and Staff: Debra Ryan, Janice Young, Amy Mathews, David Hopkins, Stephen McInnis, Eric Melanson, Cheryl Mackintosh, Holly Orde, Shelley Hudson, Carolyn Young, Cheryl Mason

Table 1
Brainstorming

- Green power
- Wind power
- Sustainable economy
- Use of ARRA (create new innovation incubation-dual us with solid infrastructure (well-built and well maintained)
- Positive attitude (common goals)
- Causeway marina
- Jobs for youth
- Good internet access (high speed)
- Community engagement
- Good health (people)
- Growing up healthy
- Network of transportation
- Transit expansion and link to ferries, etc.
- Creative business opportunities i.e. UBER (relax regulations for creative expansion)
- Sports for all and affordability
- Educational opportunities, includes training
- Safe communities
- Band competitions and training
- Incentives for youth and opportunities to keep them here
- Farms? Innovation
- Inside farm markets for growth



Table 2
Brainstorming

- Economic independence
- More or better mix demographics
- Better global communications i.e. internet and cell phone coverage
- Own international Port - Harbour
- More affordable and usable farmland
- Raise taxes on forestry to $1 acre- taxation
- Higher education facilities
- Central immigration
- Centre at Cornwallis Park for region
- Sea level rise-issue need a plan
- More value added business



Table 3
 Brainstorming

- Coordination of professional elder services
- Communications infrastructure (rural)
 * Cell service to Fundy shore
 * High speed internet
- Encourage creative self-employment to maintain and increase population
- Collaborate and form alliances i.e. not-for-profit organizations; NSCC in Middleton, ACRG COGS in Lawrencetown (recommendations # 3 in One Nova Scotia report) 
- Ensure continued support of Annapolis Royal as a culture hub to encourage people to settle in the broader area.
- Clone Alan Melanson.
- Support creative rural economy
- Create a Centre for lifelong learning
- Collect assets of the county
- Zoning



Table 4
Brainstorming

- Sustain and retain business
- High Tech education
- Small medium business attraction
- Rebrand
- Youth job development
- Immigration attraction and retention
- Public transportation growth - lasting infrastructure
- Senior housing
- Redevelopment of existing infrastructure; buildings, roads, internet
- Support local industry
- Better accessibility to health care
- Safe communities
- Something's to do after 6 pm in rural areas











Table 5
Brainstorming

- Public transit
- Airport
- Bicycle trails
- Paved shoulders on the roads
- 24 hour health care- young doctors
- Educational tourism
- Effective internet for speed, to watch Netflix, run a business
- Immigrants
- Young entrepreneurs
- Ecotourism
- Reality experiences
- Authentic experiences
- Agriculture
- Boutique crops
- Young farmers
- Zoned agriculture
- Shared services
- Avoid duplication
- Silicon Valley or Annapolis Valley
- Infrastructure
- Prosperity
- Jobs
- Land use zoning
- Economic diversity
- Reduce vulnerabilities to climate change
- Internal situation analysis which is SWOT
- Increase population through immigration
- Youth to stay
- Grow families in the age group 28-35
- Magnet - why we come here



Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Infrastructure
- Youth                  
- Economy
- Health and quality of life
- Cell coverage and communications
- Energy
- Recreation and tourism
- Education and training
- Support people and community

Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Economic independence
- Better global communications i.e. internet and cell phone coverage
- Raise taxes on forestry to $1 acre- taxation
- More affordable and usable farmland



Cateroize Brainstorming Aspirations

Networking/collaboration

- Elder services



Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Rebrand the region - be open minded to new ideas
- Training and education
- Immigration retention and attraction
- Youth job development
- Business attraction







Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Young families
- Heritage
- Trade and tourism
- Immigration



Strengths

- Ingenuity
- Experience of people
- Land availability/ affordability
- Artistic culture
- Clean air
- Community



Strengths

- Natural environment
- Immigration
- NS is almost an island



Strengths

- Creative and resilient people
- Physical location (resources)
Health, recreation, education, and the community services











Values

- Sense of place
- Human capital
- Creative
- Independence
- Community support
- Environment-
- Sense of place, clean, where we want to live
- Peaceful







Values

- People (retired volunteers)
- Safety (refuge, security and community)
- History (sense of place)

S.O.A.R. spots

- Regulations in all sectors
- East link contract
- Lack of cell coverage
- Can't use uber- too many regulations
- NS Power-we sold that utility
- Better trained civil servants
- Speed of government in dealing with issues- too slow
- Transparency of government
- Lack of activity after six pm











Overview-Facilitator (Group Sharing)

Categories

- Economic Development
- Assets
- Forest
- Food
- River
- Lawrencetown
- People
- Imagination
- Infrastructure
- Economy
- Young families
- Heritage
- Trade and tourism
- Immigration
- Networking/collaboration
- Elder services





Values

 - Family
 - Safety and quality of life
 - Culture
 - Community



Bridgetown Regional High School, Bridgetown 
November 25, 2015

Welcome and introductions: Councillor Alex Morrison

Facilitator:  John Ferguson, CAO

Participants: Brittany Gavin, Steve Raferty, Andy Kerr, Maureen Publow, Nancy Price, Murray Freeman, Jennifer D'Aubin, Chris Crocker, Allan Parish, Bob Pebbles, Shirley Pebbles, Heather Pebbles, Kevin Maclean, Lynn Moar (media)

Council members: Horace Hurlburt, Timothy Habinski

Staff: Nadine Barteaux, Phyllis MacLean, Albert Dunphy, Carolyn Young, Eric Melanson, Dave Hopkins, Linda Bent, Shelley Hudson, Cheryl Mason, Debra Ryan, Cody Joudry

Table 1
Brainstorming 

- Draw tourists i.e. coffee shops, place to stop
- Industry River projects- use the river
- New school Primary to Grade 12 - Community pride and ownership i.e. looking after property and surrounding sidewalks, waste containers on light posts, etc.
- Events (community and involvement)
- Volunteers - encourage more Rail transportation
- Themed events with outside vendors, etc. involves local and beyond
- Collaboration between communities and knowledge sharing
- Encourage interaction International students
- Networking
- Cultural sharing
- Welcoming committees
- Clubs and institutions



Table 2
Brainstorming 

- Better signage for trails and open space, etc.
- Roxbury Folklore stories, legends- need them written down and passed on (sharing culture)
- Build marina at the Annapolis Causeway
- Docking facilities at Jubilee Park
- Creative solutions to disparities i.e. lower income and internet services
- Public transportation in rural areas (need creative solutions)
- More partnerships between private sector and nonprofit and government
- More employment opportunities
- Pull out of economic slump
- More economic growth
- Attracting and retaining more younger professionals
- More social opportunities
- Major employer attracted the area
- Promote tourism more
- Annapolis River Heritage Project
- More collaboration
- Promoting the region
- Campground revitalization in Bridgetown



Table 3
Brainstorming 

- High speed internet
- Cell phone coverage
- Immigration and population growth
- More business and destination for shopping
- Tourism
- Enhance our natural attractions i.e. The River, Bay of Fundy and Parks
- Sharing resources with other communities and municipal units, "We are in it together"
- Agriculture initiatives using the land
- Improvements to education
- (Go back to the recent reform)
- Tax rate too high in Bridgetown
- Self-promotion (selling ourselves or toot our own horn)



Table 4
Brainstorming 

- Roads in good repair and sidewalks
- Queen Street developed as town center
- Capitalize on high school
- True high speed internet and cell service
- Business Incubation Centre
- Better lighting (on its way!)
- Capitalize on river park Infrastructure
- Property maintained
- Dangerous and unsightly bylaw revised
- Planning in Clarence and county wide
- Home support
- Stewardship of farmland
- Taxation incentive to maintain
- Marketing of County
- Stronger local organization
- Population growth and new families
- Increase in small and mid-size industry
- Recreation activities for youth and seniors
- Mentoring programs- career oriented



Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Economic Development
-Tourism
- Educational development
- Senior awareness
- Recreation



Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Economic Growth and development
- Tourism
- Recreation (promotion)
- Youth Employment and engagement
- Partnerships



Categorize Brainstorming
Aspirations

- Economic development
- Tourism
- Agriculture
- Communications (infrastructure)
- Education



Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Infrastructure
- Policy
- Programs





Strengths

- Heritage
- Sense of community
- Beauty! Natural Environment
- Open Spaces
- People
- Sunniest place in the country



Strengths

- Volunteers
- Nature assets
- Community spirit



Strengths

- Persistence and hard work
- Good communication
- Farmland
- Natural assets i.e. river, Bay of Fundy, etc.



Values

- Family
- Community
- Freedom
- Information
- Affordability
- Health and health care
- Space
- Individuality
- Seafood


Values

- Family
- Safety and quality of life
- Culture
- Community
- Lequille Country Store
- Local produce availability
- Jubilee Park



Values

- Family
- Neighbours
- People
- Safety
- Freedom to do
- Clean air and environment
- Sustainable way of life
- Landscape
- Community living



Values

- Family and friends
- Safety and security
- Compassion
- Integrity
- Trust
- History



S.O.A.R. spots

- Tax rate (Bridgetown)
- Infrastructure
- Sidewalks
- Property damage (from snow removal) i.e. hedge



S.O.A.R. spots

- Negativity
- Wasted food
- Low employment opportunities (our kids moved away) Nothing to keep middle age population here to thrive.
- Lack of cell coverage and internet
- Lack of affordable and efficient housing (when buying old homes, house poor due to energy inefficiencies)
-  Infrastructure (Bridgetown)



S.O.A.R. spots

- Less dependency on volunteers
- Who do you go to get answers?
- Can you still go to office in Bridgetown and get results?
- More action and less lip service
- Actually work together
- More follow through
- Communication back to the public and follow up from the workshops



S.O.A.R. spots

- Property maintenance (both town and private)
- Potholes and drainage
- Vandalism
-  Lack of progress reports
- Better responsiveness from staff
- Traffic speed

Concerns

- Snow removal- how will it go now? (Bridgetown area)
- Loss of recreation programs?




Overview-Facilitator (Group Sharing)


Categories

- Communications
- Infrastructure
- Tourism and self-promotion
- Policy(s)
- Infrastructure
- Economic development
- Seniors awareness
- Youth engagement
- Recreation promotion
- Agriculture
- Education
- Business incubation



Strengths

- Sunny place
- People
- Beauty of natural areas
- Sense of community
- Volunteer
- Natural spaces
- Community spirit
- New development
- Location
- Annapolis River
- Heritage
- History of strong community
- Community pride ownership
- Jubilee Park
- New school
- Events
- Volunteers
- Collaboration on between and among communities
- Welcome committees in each community
The rest were many and were varied (unwritten see table notes)



Values

 - Family
-  Safety and quality of life
- Culture
- Community



Lawrencetown Legion, Lawrencetown
November 26, 2015

Welcome and Introductions: Councillor Alex Morrison 

Facilitator: John Ferguson, CAO

Participants: Danny Phinney, Bill Linley, Lawrence Garner, Denise Naugler, Phil Milo, Liz Milo, Brian Reid, Anjeanette Lemay, Cheryl denHartog, Bob Duff, Lynn Moar (media)

Council Members: Martha Roberts, Diane LeBlanc

Staff: Albert Dunphy, Linda Bent, Cody Joudry, Nadine Barteaux, Dave Hopkins, Eric Melanson, Debra Ryan, Cheryl Mason

Table 1
Brainstorming 

- Well maintained trails
- Internet availability and capacity
- Employment opportunities
- Youth opportunities i.e. jobs and recreation
- Uncluttered Fundy Shore
- Heritage protection and interpretation
- Organized development i.e. housing development in farming areas
- Effective land use development and zoning
- Shared services within municipal units in the county i.e. avoid duplications and bidding wars for business development
- Poor internet service in Brickton, Paradise, North Mountain and Bay Shore and other areas of county
- Lacking internet services
- Climate change concerns i.e. rising sea levels in or near Port Lorne wharf. The wharf can be submerged and its future would impact on families living there.
Bridges, dykes, culverts, infrastructures threatened.
- Clear cutting will impact on run off
- Rural depopulation and shrinking demographics impacts on recreation, tax base, medical
- Aging population impacts
- Rural roads i.e. potholes



Table 2
Brainstorming 

- Deed transfer tax higher in Annapolis County
- Speed indicator in Lawrencetown both ends of the village
- Tax assessment reflects real cost
- Sustainability - population versus jobs versus ageism
- Promote tourism to bring more retirees.
- Immigration
- Young people to care for students
- Appropriate high speed for everyone
-Pressure for improved communications in McNeil's riding
- Professionals and trades
- Need more trades for youth and promote
- Teach to set up new business
- Keep the jobs here - stop outsourcing
- Too many government people
Social activity is important - keep close to home
- Recreation facilities
- Lack of maintenance on infrastructure
- Promotion of local outdoor programs

Table 3
Brainstorming 

- Thriving economy
- Small business
- Recreation infrastructure
- Accessible recreation programs
- Sustainability of municipal programs  reflecting changing populations, economies
- Volunteers, coordination, coverage i.e. pooled resources of trained people for pool
water testing ( need help)
- Communication enhancement
- Locally produced food and access to it
- Business forums
- Public transit- maintain it
- Paved shoulders for safe cycling
- Vehicle calming speed signs- electronic
- Business highlights in newsletter
- Volunteer highlights in newsletter
  - Community groups highlights in newsletters
- County staff

Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Economics (jobs)
- Environment i.e. climate change
- Tourism
- Community services
- Youth
- Communications i.e. internet access


Environment
- climate change
- well maintained trails
-uncluttered Fundy shoreline  (few cottages / houses)
-bridges
- clear cutting

Economics
- employment opportunities
-internet access
- youth employment
- organized development
- effective land use ,planning and zoning
- shared services i.e. aging fire services volunteers
-rural depopulation
-rural roads  



Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Taxation
- Jobs
- Social


Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Recreation programs
- Small business economy
- Safety
- Self-promotion
- Volunteers
- Transportation


Strengths

- People
- Skill sets: diverse, collaborative, positive cooperation
- positive attitude
- ingenuity and innovation i.e. worldwide competitions

Strengths

- Broad range of skills available
- Volunteerism
- Rural environment- sense of community


Strengths

- community (mentoring)
- Community engagement i.e. activities, community halls, volunteers, etc.
- Environment: climate for outdoor activities and vistas

Values

- Youth in communities
- Respect
- Community spirit


Values

- Physical attributes
- Space
- Safe neighborhoods
- Heritage

Values

- Sense of community
- Self-reliance-we can do
- Family

S.O.A.R. spots

- Cap system and taxation






Overview-Facilitator (Group Sharing)

Categories

- Recreation programs
- Small business economy
- Taxation
- Social aspect
- Environment
- Tourism
- Transportation
- Economic
- Self-promotion
- Communications
- Volunteers
- Youth

Strengths

- Well educated retirement community
- Community engagement
- Volunteer type processes
- Environmental presentations of the county
- Broad range of skills
- Volunteerism
- Sense of community

Values

- Physical attributes i.e. rivers, mountains and valley
- Space freedom
- Safe neighbourhood
- Heritage
- Agriculture heritage museum
- Generation of pride in living here i.e. Calgary parade
- Youth in our communities
- Respect
- Community spirit
- Sense of community
- Self-reliance
- Sense of family
- Family
- Quality of life
- Security in community and jobs
- Family-generations stay and push through the tough times and keep succeeding
- Quality of life
- Security and safety through job, community, health and medical
- People
- Positive attitude
- Diverse skill set
- Collaboration
- Collaborating municipal  units
Ingenuity i.e. technology and community

Overview Facilitator (Group Sharing Brainstorming)

-
Deed transfer tax - high in county
- Taxes reflect real value
- Environment -rising water levels and trail events
- Trails and shores
- Clear cutting
- Economic
- Rural depopulation
- Roads
- Employment opportunities
- Internet access
- Land use and stronger zoning
- Aging fire fighters
- Infrastructure
- Locally produced food

Middleton & Area Lions Hall, Nictaux Falls
Wednesday December 2, 2015

Welcome and Introductions: Councillor Alex Morrison

Facilitator: CAO John Ferguson 

Participants: Gordon Hepburn, Laura Holland, Clive Holland, Daisy Dwyer, Lisa Salley, Levi Cliche, Kevin Bauer, Michel Palmer, Claudia Studen, Roy Stubbs, Lynn Moar (media), Heather Killian (media)

Council members: Frank Chipman, Diane Leblanc, Brian Fuzzy Connell, Martha Roberts

Staff: Debra Ryan, Carolyn Young, Eric Melanson, Lucas Roch, Kevin Beard, Linda Bent, Cheryl Mason

Table 1
Brainstorming 

- County and towns developing plans together i.e. economic development and recreation
- Work together cooperatively with towns
- Moved here and the area is a great place to live i.e. Granville Ferry
- Pensioners bring in huge incomes and opportunities
- More neighbours, more people i.e. pensioners
- New younger people needed
- Refugees and immigrants populations are an opportunity
- What do we do to attract the young people?
- More job opportunities year around with benefits
- School buildings - technology lag, need improved tech support and better linkage
- Better broadband, cell coverage and internet, impacts people of all ages i.e. small business and for young people to do school work, safety
- Common areas for social congregation, support for playgrounds, parks and recreational opportunities
- Better incentives and support for small business.
- Creative ideas for community gardens
- Better kitchen hubs, distribution, community gardens, food banks
- Look at ugly vegetables and look at different markets, don't throw them out or feed to deer.
- Want it used, low cost, and not wasted. Look at models done in Europe, etc.
- Theatre in Annapolis Royal
- Transportation services
- Child care services for all ages. For example at schools; summer camp hours generally are 9 to 3. What can be done to extend the hours?
- Shift workers and child care
- Farm to school
- Food distribution...smaller farmers can't get the food to kids in schools, etc.  (new ways to feed folks) Social networks plus needed transportation issues
- Child care services for all ages from little and up
- Accessible plumbing in all homes
- Plan for beautiful big homes and efficiencies i.e. heating old homes leads to high oil bills
- Plan for our beautiful big homes (inefficient for heat, power, oil, etc.)
- Low cost housing in area - inexpensive to purchase but the cost to maintain is high
- Available, affordable and appropriate housing



Table 2
Brainstorming 

- Target for young families to come and stay ( schools and safety)
- Jobs, security
- Enhance and maintain our environment
- Protect river and coastline, forestry and agriculture
- Cultural community vibrancy, activities for all (seniors and young)
- Better communications for community events i.e. websites, Facebook, social media, better links on what is happening in our county
- Easier for people to volunteer i.e. after school program with no red tape and incentives to business Internet (better communications)
- Local food production
- Community gardens to help others
- Encourage to share land and resources i.e. community orchards
- Place to have FUN
- Less is more ...appreciate what we already have
- Tourism - sell ourselves
- Appreciation of communities




Table 3
Brainstorming 

- More industry
- Entrepreneurship
- Quality food
- Brand image
- Building code changes i.e. experimental opportunities
- School awareness
- Food consumption
- Health
- Better use of days in school
- Happier
- anti-bullying
- Experimental Building
- Greenhouses
- Solar panels
- Building code changes
- Reduce red tape
- Encourage youth to settle here
- Incentives for new business and existing business
- Change to government style
- Immigration
- Better communication processes



Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Economic development- food, housing, transportation all working together (partnerships needed).
- Immigration and retain those we have (we need to be accepting of immigrants)
- Community to better socialize and integrate, etc.
- We have to be more friendly- we have to be accepting of "different"
-Broadband and cell technology
- Training and education



Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Environment
- Families and social
- Economic support and development
- Community appreciation



Categorize Brainstorming Aspirations

- Economic development
- Governance
- Education
- Immigration (i.e. encourage youth to settle here)



Strengths

- Human resources and people
- Natural resources, climate
(woods, rivers, lakes, etc.)
- Space
- Infrastructure
- Relatively clean environment



Strengths

- Fire departments and volunteers
- Natural resources
- Recreation
- Soil for growing
- Diverse people- skilled
- Support networks



Strengths

- People expertise
- Pride
- Time relationship



Values

- Access to good health care when you need it
- Security and sense of belonging and connected to the community
- Safe in your own environment
- Fine arts
- Recreational opportunities I.e. hiking, biking, canoeing ( river access ), playgrounds
- Services and amenities i.e. electricity, plumbing, sidewalks, lighting
- Volunteers
- Freedom
- Spring and fall clean up (keep it out of the woods)



Values

- Environment- physical
- Freedom to live- clean air
(natural environment)
- Health- attitude, physical and mental
- Access to fresh food Security - safe and respectful community
- Family, friends, work, community, organizations



Values

- Quality of life
- Coastal areas
- Transportation work- roads
- Climate (tourism opportunities)
- Friendliness
- Invest in ourselves



S.O.A.R. spots





Overview-Facilitator (Group Sharing)

Categories

- Quality Food
- School awareness and food consumption
- Physical Environment
- Economic support and development
- Broadband, cellular technology
- Tourism
- Reduce red tape
- Better communication process
- Training and education
- Industry
- Entrepreneurship
- Community appreciation
- Family and social
- Economic development -food, housing and transportation
- Immigration
- Governance



Strengths

- Human resources- people
- Natural resources
- Climate
- Infrastructure
- Relatively clean environment
- People's expertise
- Pride in our communities
- Time
- Relationship
- "Chillaxed"
- Volunteer fire department
- Soil for growing
- Diverse people (skilled)



Values

- Quality of life
- Coastal area
- Healthy community i.e. physical, mental and nutritional
- Environment Security and feeling safe
- Sense of belonging
- Transportation
- Climate
- Friendliness
- Invest in ourselves
- Freedom to live in a natural environment
- Safe and respectful community
- Family, friends and work
- Access to good health care when you need it
- Appreciate the fine arts i.e. arts, culture, theatre, history
- Recreation opportunities i.e. playgrounds, paddling
- Services and amenities i.e. plumbing, water, etc.
- Spring and fall clean up



Annapolis County Strategic Planning Sessions 2015 Participation 

Community

Public

Council

Staff

Media

Total

Deep Brook, November 18, 2015

6

3

8

1

18

Annapolis Royal November 19, 2015

16

1

11

1

29

Lawrencetown November 24, 2015 

10

3

8

1

22

Bridgetown November 25, 2015

13

3

12

1

29

Nictaux Falls
December 2, 2015

10

5

8

2

25

Total

55

15

47

6

123

Submissions:

Submissions via email
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The following was submitted, via email, to the Strategic Planning Brainstorming Sessions.

One View from the Other Coast (taken from a letter originally sent to the Chronicle Herald) - Dr. Bob Maher

It was a privilege to be immersed in another culture and community, as an 'elder'. It provides a rare opportunity to look at the culture and community of one's home place - Annapolis County, NS.
Receiving daily emails from the ONE NS Coalition outlining their seven point action plan, followed up by a series of articles in the weekend Chronicle Herald, I was struck by the language. Not so much, what was being said, but rather how it was being said, and what was missing.

When I look at Nova Scotia, I am reminded of UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). In particular, the combination of Education, Science and Culture. There are two Biosphere Reserves: Bras d'or Lakes and Southwest Nova, and three World Heritage Sites: the town of Lunenburg,  Grand Pre and Joggins. To my mind, this is global recognition. I do like the combination of education, science and culture. Three large expansive words which provide an ecological, holistic view of our communities.

What will I bring back to Nova Scotia from my time away?

Learning to be an Elder
Geographer as Journalist

On the first point, I am in agreement with Rachel Brighton. Let us rejoice in the number and role of elders in our communities. On the second, it is all about 'place' and so tell the stories of those places. If you are a reader, rather than a 'doer', then check out 'The Abundant Community' by John McKnight and Peter Block or google 'Place-based Education'. If you prefer movies, I would recommend Charles Wilkinson's 'Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World'. Or finally, you can check out my monthly blog on 'Geography Education' at GoGeomatics.ca

Dr. Bob Maher is a Geographic Scientist,connected to both Lawrencetown and Middleton, Annapolis County, who has been living on the Other Coast.

Dr. Maher also offered the following link as input for discussion: http://www.nowlunenburgcounty.com/

Submission via Facebook Post:

"Remove the deed transfer tax, make our county competitive with those on either side that have no deed transfer tax or a lower one.”
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